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MCCARTHY, Leo. ( Oct. 29, 1936--2006). McCarthy was the 2005 recipient of the FIRST CITIZEN AWARD. His list of civic contributions went far beyond his pro-bono legal services as a member of the law firm of Reynolds & Kenline.

An early supporter of the COMMUNITY FOUNDATION OF GREATER DUBUQUE, he handled the many legal requirements for the foundation's creation and later growth. He later served as co-chair of the investment committee and was a board member.

The Foundation honored him in 2008 by dedicating the Leo A. and Joy K. McCarthy Center for Nonprofits. (1) Located in 2008 in the community foundation offices in the DUBUQUE BUILDING, the Center had a large library of books and periodicals devoted to raising funds and philanthropy. "Board Boot Camp," a nonprofit organization governance curriculum was also available with two large meeting rooms. (2)

McCarthy was a member of the board of the Loras College Board of Regents, development committee and board member of MARIA HOUSE, past president of the board of education for ST. JOSEPH THE WORKER CATHOLIC CHURCH, member of the strategic planning committee and board member of Stonehill Franciscan Services, and a community volunteer for MERCY MEDICAL CENTER. (3)

In 2002 he was listed as a "champion" in the River Valley Initiative of the GREATER DUBUQUE DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION. (4) In 2008 LORAS COLLEGE honored him by using his name for the east wing of an apartment complex. "The McCarthy Apartments" were to be reserved for upperclassmen. (5) During his legal career he served in official roles with the county and state bar associations. (6)



1. Hogstrom, Erik, "Retired Attorney the First Citizen of 2005," Telegraph Herald, January 1, 2006, p. 1

2. Hogstrom, Erik, "Leo McCarthy's Legacy Lives On," Telegraph Herald, May 1, 2008, p. 3

3. Hogstrom, "Retired Attorney..."

4. "Champions of the River Valley Initiative Project," Telegraph Herald, December 20, 2002, p. 8

5. Hogstrom,"Leo McCarthy's Legacy..."

6. Hogstrom, "Retired Attorney..."

Source: "175 Years" Vol. II Telegraph Herald, p. 105